Types of Violet Flowers


Violent flowers grow in shades of purple from soft and subdued to intense. These flowers come in various sizes and species that range from exotic types to simple wild flowers. Violets are often perennials or self-seed for reliable repeat performances. If you love purple, plant violet flowers along your front walkway or in your backyard garden.

African Violets

  • African violets are exotic house plants that thrive in warm temperatures. Avoid planting African Violets outdoors unless temperatures are warm throughout the majority of the year. These flowers do not tolerate temperatures that dip below 20 degrees.You can also cover your flowers in the winter if the temperatures are close to this range.

    African Violets need moderate to full sun and watering twice each week. Avoid saturating the soil because too much water can kill these flowers. Never get the leaves wet because this can cause blemishes and discoloration. Repotting is necessary as the plant grows larger.

Wild Pansy

  • The wild pansy, also called a field violet or Johnny jump-up, is a violet flower that comes in shades of purple, but you will also find that this flower blooms in other colors such as blue, yellow and white. Some wild pansies are also mixed colors of purple, blue and yellow. The wild pansy can grow up to 6 inches tall. This flower has soft oval or roundish petals and green heart-shaped leaves. They enjoy full sun and rich well-drained soil. This plant is often considered a weed, according to Virginia Tech University.

Common Meadow Violet

  • The common meadow violet is found in the wild across New Jersey, Rhode Island, Illinois and Wisconsin. This flower is so prevalent that all of these states have also named the meadow violet, the state flower. This type of violet is common because it is easy to grow and care for. The petals are soft, large and round, resembling a windmill. The center and foliage is light green. This flower is also edible and some people use the plant to make jelly and candy, according to online resource The Flower Expert. You can also eat this flower raw and benefit from high doses of vitamins A and C.

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